Thursday, December 31, 2009

goodbye to the end of a wonderful year

2009 has been a year full of firsts, and more than ever a reason to truly "believe" in what I have dreams of doing in the coming New Year.
As I prepare for 2010,
I do "believe" I can see the light(s). Bright lights have always called my name.
They twinkle and flicker with such an alluring glow.
As I browse through the hundreds (and hundreds) of pictures I've taken in 2009, I see what a magical road I've traveled this past year of my life.
I see many captured moments of joy. Little capsules of what life is all about. People. Places. Not things.
I have come to understand what is really important.

"cat tales"

The cat's finally out of the bag, so to speak, on the Secret Santa gift I mailed to my SS recipient, Tami Roth, just before Christmas. I was so excited to get my package in the mail, only a couple photos showed up in my camera! Tami adores cats, so I decided to use one of the hand-carved bone cat faces I've had in my stash for some time (per Molly we had to use supplies we had on hand), in Tami's gift. I added a brass filigree focal piece bought from Brass Bouquet, crystal quartz nuggets and a single large crystal quartz drop, Swarovski crystal rondells, mother of pearl spacer beads and two types of vintage raw brass chain.

I also included a pair of earrings in her box.

I especially like a new vintage inspired bead I designed and used for the first time in Tami's necklace and earrings. I believe I've had these delicate mother of pearl spacer beads for quite awhile. They came alive sandwiched around an oxidized swarovksi crystal rondell.

I am on holiday and have been since Christmas Day! I have had a full week of doing absolutely not much! It is a time I especially look forward to each year. A time to re-fuel and meditate on the intentions of the coming year!

I will be back visiting each of you when I return. But, until then, please know I cherish each and every comment you leave. I truly enjoy hearing what you have to say, and love visiting your blogs when I can. Your friendships mean alot to me.

Take care and have a safe and happy New Year!


Anonymous said...

i'm so glad i found your blog, i so enjoyed reading it and seeing your wonderful work! hoping you have a great new year!

Sherry said...

Diane, I love that you created what you knew would have personal meaning and give so much pleasure to your recipient...this turned out beautifully!

Wishing you a year filled with promise and possibility!

Charlene said...

The cat is cute but, I LOVE the earrings! Hope you have a safe & Happy New Year! Can't wait to meet in person in January! Hugs! Charlene

sharon said...

I am so glad I got to meet you this year Diane, and I am looking forward to a great new year ahead! BTW, I just got the latest Somerset mixed media, and congrat's on your article!! Your pieces are gorgeous and always speak volumes.
Have a very blessed and healthy, happy New Year!

Sharon said...

This has been a very creative and thought provoking year, hasn't it? I wish you a very healthy, peaceful, and illuminating new year ahead and thank you for sharing your thoughts and encouragment!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Have a wonderful holiday, recharched and ready to take 2010 by storm, actually a nice gentle stroll would be better that way you don't miss any of the wonderful experinces the year will bring :) I wish you a wondeful 2010 filled with many creative adventures and memories!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Cindy said...

Happy New Year, dear Diane!!! I am sooo thankful that our paths crossed early this year...all due to blog design...remember that? I wish you the best in the new year!!

Narrative jewelry said...

Happy new year to you dear Diane, hope this year will be a wonderful and creative one.


Narrative jewelry said...

Happy new year to you Dear Diane, hope 2010 will be plenty of wonderful creations.


Paula In Pinetop said...

Diane, you were truly one of the highlights of my glad we found one another.

Love you madly.

Diana said...

Oh yes, Diane, I would say you have had a wonderful year in so many ways! Such a pleasure it was to meet you earlier this are truly one of my blessings of 2009. Tami's necklace is just the "cat's meow"! I'm sure she loved it. Happy New Year my friend!

Daryl said...

Happy New Year ...

LOVE both the frame you received and that cat tale necklace ... if you have another of those cat faces lets talk pin ... xoxox

stregata said...

Wishing you a wonderful New Year, full of health, happiness, inspiration and love!
Just saw your Sisters Necklace in Belle Armoire Jewelry - it is divine! xo

Unknown said...

Have a blessed vacation and a great New Year!

mendytexas said...

I am thrilled to have found your fabulous blog! I'm in The Woodlands, not too far from ya! LOVED your work in the new Somerset Memories! I really love soldering too. Your work is beautiful! :)mendy

Riki Schumacher said...

Miss you Tex! Hope you had a fabulous holiday and are ready to take the year by the horns! Can't wait to see you, about eight weeks now at Adorn Me! Yikes!! Riki xox

Jen Crossley said...

Hope you have a wonderful New year

Deborah Truesdell said...

I came by to catch up and wish you a very Happy New Year. Love seeing what you have been up to lately - and just love looking at your work!

Hugs to you!